Intel’s Itanium processor launches are few and far between given that only so many need its specialized grunt, but that just makes any refresh so much larger — and its new Itanium 9500 certainly exemplifies that kind of jump. The chip centers around much more up-to-date, 32-nanometer Poulson architecture that doubles the cores to eight, hikes the interconnect speeds and supports as much as 2TB of RAM for very (very, very) large tasks. With the help of an error-resistant buffer, Intel sees the 9500 being as much as 2.4 times faster as the Tukwila-era design it’s replacing. The new Itanium also ramps the clock speeds to a relatively brisk 1.73GHz to 2.53GHz, although there will be definite costs for server builders wanting to move up: the shipping roster starts at $1,350 per chip in bulk and climbs to an eye-watering $4,650 for the fastest example.
Anyone worried that Poulson might be the end of the road for Intel’s EPIC-based platform will also be glad to get a brief reminder that Itanium will soldier on. The next iteration, nicknamed Kittson, will be framed around a modular design that shares traces of silicon and the processor socket with the more familiar Xeon E7. Intel casts it as a pragmatic step that narrows its server-oriented processors down to a common motherboard and should be cheaper to make. It’s likely that we’ll have to be very patient for more details on Kittson knowing the long intervals between Itanium revamps, but fence-sitting IT pros may just be glad that they won’t have to consider jumping ship for awhile yet.
Our all-new 2012 Hard Drive Charts include 46 of the latest HDDs and the most important products of previous generations. All popular spindle speeds between 5,400 RPM and 10,000 RPM are included, allowing users to make direct comparison between a broad variety of 3.5“ hard drives, covering capacities between 36 GB and 3 TB. We utilize an Intel Core i5 2500K processor on a Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard and Windows 7 and will constantly update this Charts set as new drives become available. Continue reading →
Windows-based all-in-one PCs once earned little respect. While most of today’s AIOs still lack the graphics horsepower for hard-core gaming (we’ll show you one exception), the best models are far removed from the 98-pound weaklings of yore.
Many models use laptop parts, which minimize heat, power consumption, and the need for noisy cooling fans. If you crave more performance, pick a model that uses desktop components (the ones we’ve tested are still relatively quiet). Either way, everything—the CPU, memory, storage, and optical drive—is housed in the same unit as the display, so the computer’s footprint equals that of a monitor. And since most all-in-ones ship with a Wi-Fi adapter as well as a wireless mouse and keyboard, the only cable they require is a power cord.
All-in-one specifications are a blend of what you’ll find in conventional desktop systems and laptop PCs. The thinnest and most compact systems are almost completely built around the same power-efficient technology as laptops.
Here’s our checklsit of what to look for when you go shopping for your all-in-one: Continue reading →
New processors up to 24-percent more efficient than predecessor
AMD has launched its new line of Opteron processors for servers. The Opteron 6300 Series have a claimed performance up to 24-percent higher than the Opteron 6200 processors that it replaces, and by using AMD’s new Piledriver core, aims to lower the consumption of power, leading to cooler and cheaper servers.
The 6300 line has base frequency of 2.3GHz that ramps up to 3.5GHz, boosted to a maximum 3.8GHz in AMD Turbo CORE mode. A choice of core numbers are available, with options between quad-core and 16-core processors on offer. All have 16MB L3 cache, quad-HyperTransport links, up to four memory channels with up to 1866MHz memory, and can support up to 12 DIMMs per CPU and up to 384GB of memory per processor used.
The new line comes during AMD’s second round of layoffs, where the chip manufacturer is set to lose 15 percent of its workforce in order to save $190 million in the next year.